On 28th November we launched a huge Christmas Wish Tree in our front garden which will be up for all to see and make a wish for the coming year until 2nd January.
This will be to fundraise for Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People in Loughborough, who launched an appeal to raise 1 million pounds to cover the shortfall in funds caused by the Covid Pandemic.
In 2017 our son Harvey was born. A beautiful, happy and seemingly healthy baby boy whose smile charmed all who met him. As first time parents, our world was complete.
However, heart breakingly at four months old Harvey was diagnosed with a life limiting condition – Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type 1 and we were referred to Rainbows. Having lived locally all of our lives we were obviously aware of the Hospice but never ever thought we would have need to access its facilities. We vowed to make the most of whatever time we had as a family, which included some magical swim sessions in Rainbows hydrotherapy pool. Not only are the facilities amazing there but so are every member of staff who are there full of love, warmth and care – nothing is impossible for them to do.
Devastatingly Harvey died at seven months old, ironically on the day we were due to attend Rainbows for a pool party to celebrate his ‘seven month birthday.’ Instead we arrived at Rainbows as a family completely heartbroken. We were taken care of for two weeks whilst we planned Harvey’s celebration of life service, something no parent should have to do. We were able to still spend time with him during those two weeks which helped start the process of being able to say goodbye to him.
Without Rainbows support and care we would have had no clue on how to make real the ideas we had for Harvey’s service or how we as his parents were going to carry on with life. Rainbows were there for us as a family, whenever we needed, whilst Harvey was alive by allocating us a Family Support Worker. Their care continued with long standing bereavement support after Harvey had died and we still hear from our Support Worker from time to time. Rainbows truly were the light in our darkest hours and fundraising now to ensure they can be there as much as possible, in these extra difficult times, for other families having to live the nightmare we have, is so important to us.
So please, come and take a walk to 14 Rupert Crescent, Queniborough, where you will find our Rainbows Wish Tree waiting. You will find the Wish Cards, supplied by Rainbows, outside our address (please bring a pen!) for you to write your wish on, before placing it through our letter box. If you are able to, please also include a donation for the Hospice.
We will then hang your wishes for the coming year on the tree and forward all donations to Rainbows. We will announce the amount raised by your kind donations in a future edition of Syston Town News.
As always please remember to keep your distance from others who may have taken a walk to see the tree too and we will provide hand sanitiser for your use.
We wish you a happy, healthy and safe Christmas and New Year in these difficult times.
Charlotte & Paul